Philosophy A level AQA for Year 12
- Week 1: Monday 29 March – Friday 2 April
- Week 2: Monday 5 – Friday 9 April
- Week 3: Monday 12 – Friday 16 April
Length of Course
9am to 12.30pm and/or 1.30pm to 5pm daily
This course is board-specific for the AQA A level Philosophy specification (7172) and is for Year 12 students only.
The course will cover:
- What is knowledge? The distinction between acquaintance knowledge, ability knowledge and
propositional knowledge; the nature of definition (including Linda Zagzebski) and how propositional
knowledge may be analysed/defined; the tripartite view, issues and responses.
- Perception as a source of knowledge: Direct realism, indirect realism and Berkeley’s idealism.
- Reason as a source of knowledge: Innatism; The intuition and deduction thesis. Empiricist responses
to these theories.
- The limits of knowledge: Particular nature of philosophical skepticism; the role/function of
philosophical scepticism within epistemology; the distinction between local and global skepticism;
Descartes’ sceptical arguments and issues/responses; reliabilism.
- Normative ethical theories: The meaning of good, bad, right, wrong within each of the three
approaches: Utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics.
- Meta-ethics: The origins of moral principles: reason, emotion/attitudes, or society; the distinction
between cognitivism and non-cognitivism about ethical language; moral realism, including naturalism
and non-naturalism; moral anti-realism, including error theory, emotivism and prescriptivism.
- Applied ethics: Applying the content of normative ethical theories and metaethics to the following
issues: stealing; simulated killing (within computer games, plays, films etc); eating animals, telling lies.
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